Learning Environments & Curriculum

International Talk like a Pirate Day

So how do pirates talk? Today is a day to have fun with the kids and the other teachers. Let parents know ahead of time and dress up like a pirate. Practice your pirate vocabulary ahead of time so you can teach your class, Pirate Speak.  Here are some words with their translations: Ahoy –… Continue reading International Talk like a Pirate Day

Human Growth & Development · Learning Environments & Curriculum · Observation & Assessment

What is Developmentally Appropriate? DAP

When I started this journey to do training, I joined several facebook groups for preschool teachers. I wanted to get an idea of what things they were interested in and what questions they might have. I am so surprised at how many posts ask questions like, “What’s the best way to teach two-year olds the… Continue reading What is Developmentally Appropriate? DAP

Understanding & Guiding Behavior

“Bad Choices” – What does behavior mean?

I belong to several facebook groups for preschool and child care. I’ve read things about behavior and “following my directions” or “stopping bad choices”. And if the children don’t comply, they are sent to the “quiet” area or the director’s office until they are willing to do so. It makes me sad that so many… Continue reading “Bad Choices” – What does behavior mean?

Learning Environments & Curriculum

Unstructured Play vs. Organized Sports

Young children need to run. They need to play. They need to cooperate. So how do we meet all these needs and still promote positive development in our kids? Organized sports are OK. They do teach cooperation. But they also lead to frustration (I’m not good enough) and they put a lot of pressure on… Continue reading Unstructured Play vs. Organized Sports

Learning Environments & Curriculum

Growing Butterflies

Watching the metamorphosis of butterflies is fascinating! Every spring we purchase painted lady butterfly larva (another word for caterpillars) from InsectLore. They come in a little cup with the food in the bottom. We place the cup on the front counter with information about the caterpillars and what’s going on in there. With each stage… Continue reading Growing Butterflies

Personal, Professional & Leadership Development

National Teacher Appreciation Week

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week. It’s a good time to show your child’s teachers how much they matter. These are the people we trust to care for your children while we are away at work and to impart knowledge. We expect them to be well-educated at what they do, have immeasurable patience, and always be cheerful… Continue reading National Teacher Appreciation Week

Celebrations

Week of the Young Child – #WOYC18

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrates children and families for a full week each year.  The Week of the Young Child – #WOYC18 This is the week! Each day of the week will focus on a different theme. Create your own plan to incorporate these into your daily activities and… Continue reading Week of the Young Child – #WOYC18